Here we go again … The RFH Class of ’78 is gearing up for its 40th reunion on Aug. 8, 2018 (yes, that’s 8/8/18). There’s a major planning process that has begun, thanks to a fearless crew of volunteers, and lots of meetings and social media notifications, texts, cell phone calls … you name it. Yes, name it. Try. There are all sorts of modes of communication in effect, except one very important one — the bridge!
There was a time when communication was limited to landline phones, snail mail and, well, there was nothing better than getting the word out by just reverting to old school days and painting the bridge.
It was considered a privilege and honor. They were chosen from the junior class at RFH to serve as the debutante-like ushers for the graduating class. All dressed in white and supposedly gracefully toting a chain of daisies, the Daisy Chain girls were a fixture of high school finery at graduations in the 1970s.
The origins of the somewhat upper-crust tradition date back to the 1900s, but this Retro Pic of the Day was snapped in 1978.
With the unofficial start of summer on the cusp, thoughts of the good ol’ days of cool surfing with RFH guys prompt a thumbs up, just like in the photo.
This crew caught many a wave in all kinds of weather. In fact, they were known for literally chilling out at Sea Bright beach with a board whenever the opportunity arose — and that was often.
It’s safe to say that these surfing dudes of the RFH Class of ’78 didn’t care to bother to wait to shed the down vests for wet suits. These guys spent plenty of summer days together. But, they usually didn’t wait for the seasons to change to catch that wave and lots of good times.
So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day is a tribute to friendship of all seasons and, yes, high school friends surfing into summer days together.
You know them. You’ve seen them before. Can you name these guys? There’s another iconic photo of them that features something that would probably not be allowed in the yearbook these days. Do you know what it was?
Many thanks, once again, to the fabulous George Day for this photo!